Book Review: Slaughterhouse by Eisnitz

SlauSlaughterhouseghterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry

By: Gail A. Eisnitz

This book sometimes is painful to sit through but it is one of the most in-depth exposes of the US meat industry. Eisnitz interviews the whole factory line all the way up to those who work for our government and supposedly inspecting the food before it gets to you.

“One time I took my knife and sliced off the end of a hog’s nose, just like a piece of salami. The hog went crazy for a few seconds. Then it sat there looking kind of stupid. So I took a handful of salt and rubbed it on the wound. Now that hog really went nuts. It was my way of taking out frustration. Another time, there was a live hog in the pit. It hadn’t done anything wrong, wasn’t even running around. It was just alive. I took a three-foot chunk of pipe and I literally beat that hog to death. It was like I started hitting the hog and I couldn’t stop. And when I finally did stop, I’d expended all this energy and frustration, and I’m thinking what in God’s sweet name did I do.”  

That is the type of true tales you’ll read in Eisnitz’s book. If you don’t go vegan or vegetarian afterwards, you will definitely think twice before you eat meat again. After reading this, I couldn’t look at meat without thinking of how dirty it is and how much torture and suffering was caused to bring that meat to someone’s plate. This book’s passages will forever be embedded in my mind.

Read the book if you want to know the truth about how your meat ends up on your plate.

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